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NetID: Password Criteria and Best Practices

This document lists requirements for creating a new password.

New Rice Google account holders use their NetID password to login into Google.

Individuals with Rice Google accounts that were established prior to May 17, 2021, will continue to have a separate Google password that differs from their NetID password until they change one of the passwords and then the passwords will automatically be synchronized. If individuals would prefer to have one less password to remember, they may synchronize them by resetting their password at

Password Criteria

  • Passwords should be 8 characters or longer in length (passphrases are highly recommended)
  • Passwords should be secure and memorized. (Writing down passwords is not recommended)
  • Passwords should contain at least 1 character from each of the following character sets:
    • Upper case letter (A-Z)
    • Lowercase letter (a-z)
    • Digit (0-9)
    • Special character (! ?. )
  • Passwords should be secured and private.
  • Passwords should not contain a common proper name, NetID, email address, initials, first, middle, or last name in forward or reverse format.
  • Passwords should not be or contain a dictionary word if less than 12 characters.
  • Passwords should have not been used previously in the last year.

Best Practices

  • Each password chosen is new and unique for each account.
  • Don't share it with anyone.
  • Don't write it down.
  • Do change the password if it is shared or if you think someone else may know it.
  • Do change the password regularly.

Keywordspassword reset forgot account netid google change requirements create new forgotten security   Doc ID67992
OwnerDora L.GroupRice U
Created2016-10-24 14:33:27Updated2024-02-02 13:14:31
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